MaryKate Bullen leads Business Development and Sustainability Team for Forest Investment Associates (FIA), a specialist investment manager, leveraging more than 37 years of timberland investment experience to help clients around the world grow value through investing in sustainable forestry. She is responsible for the firm’s business development functions, including capital raising, product development, institutional market engagement, and strategic communications and marketing as well as FIA’s sustainability and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) programs. MaryKate is a member of the Executive and Investment Committees and is Chair of the ESG Committee. She was previously Director of Sustainability and ESG for FIA from 2021 through 2023, during which time she developed and implemented a strategic roadmap for FIA’s sustainability programs and led the collaborative publication of FIA’s ESG Principles.
MaryKate brings more than 15 years of experience in forest investment and conservation finance working across roles in ESG and impact, investor services, communications, and research. She has focused on development and capital raising for innovative approaches to sustainable investment in forestry, carbon markets, and conservation.
In addition to her work with FIA, MaryKate is an active participant in industry developments for responsible investment in forestry and natural climate solutions, including serving on working groups and advisory roles related to carbon accounting, impact measurement, and private markets responsible investment. She is a Steering Committee member for the Women’s Forest Congress and active in working groups of the GHG Protocol, Verra, and the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and is the vice-chair for NAFO’s Air Task Group.